Google Cloud Next OnAir Week 6: Data Management & Databases

SADA Says | Cloud Computing Blog

By SADA Says | Cloud Computing Blog

Week 6 of Next OnAir ‘20 focused on how to migrate and manage enterprise data with security, reliability, high availability, and fully managed data services. SADA’s executives and cloud experts found the following sessions to be particularly compelling and provided some informative post-session insights and commentary that you won’t want to miss: 

Week 6 #SADASays Post-Session Recaps

#SADASays With Kyle Moschetto and Chris Svee - Post-Keynote Commentary

#SADASays With Kyle Moschetto and Chris Svee – Post-Keynote Commentary

Join SADA’s Kyle Moschetto, Managing Director, Solution Architecture, and Chris Svee, Senior Cloud Solutions Architect, as he discusses the Week 6 Next OnAir Keynote: What’s New with Database Management.

#SADASays With Kyle Moschetto, Chris Svee, and Ankit Mukhija - Post-Session Commentary

#SADASays With Kyle Moschetto, Chris Svee, and Ankit Mukhija – Post-Session Commentary

Listen in as SADA’s Kyle Moschetto, Managing Director, Solution Architecture, Chris Svee, Senior Cloud Solutions Architect, Ankit Mukhija, Data Engineer, discuss Bare Metal Solution: Bring All Your Enterprise Workloads to GCP from Week 6 of Next OnAir.

#SADASays With Narine Galstian & Orkideh Shahidi - Post-Session Commentary

#SADASays With Narine Galstian & Orkideh Shahidi – Post-Session Commentary

Listen in as SADA’s Narine Galstian, CMO and Orkideh Shahidi, VP, People Operations, discuss Empowering Inclusion with Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) from Week 6 of Next OnAir.

Opening Keynote

Penny Avril, Director, Product Management, Google Cloud, kicked off the week with a keynote on how Google Cloud enables organizations to migrate, manage and optimize their traditional databases and explore building new applications with modern ones. Avril also discussed exciting new product releases and delved into how customers are transforming their core business with Google Cloud’s innovative new database solutions. 

“At its core, Google is a data company, and much of the innovation you experience is built out of our need to solve some of the most difficult challenges in managing vast volumes of data,” said Avril. 

Google Cloud offers a variety of solutions for businesses trying to figure out how to free their teams from self-managing thousands of on-prem applications and traditional databases and unlock the speed to build and launch quickly. The solutions include: 

  • Bare Metal: For infrastructure that supports specialized workloads, like Oracle databases, the Bare Metal solution helps organizations quickly and cost-effectively move these workloads to within milliseconds latency of Google Cloud. This solution is built on an Oracle-certified platform to meet the performance, availability, and trust needed for the most mission-critical applications. 
  • Cloud SQL for SQL Server: Released to general availability early this year, this service supports multiple editions of SQL Server and works with popular clients like SQL Server Management Studio and PowerShell. 

Cloud Spanner

To modernize relational workloads, Google Cloud developed Cloud Spanner which offers a unique pairing of a relational database with non-relational availability and scale. In the last year, the 99.999% Spanner SLA was extended to all multi-region instances, even those starting at one node. The company also introduced a variety of new features for Spanner this year, including additional multi-region configurations and user-managed backup and recovery. Developer productivity was improved with:

  • Open source JDBC driver and Hibernate ORM support
  • Additional introspection capabilities
  • A local emulator (now generally available) 

The SQL feature set has been enhanced with:

  • Foreign keys
  • WITH clause support
  • Query optimizer versioning

Cloud Firestore

For mobile and web developers looking for a document database, Cloud Firestore, which enables developers to quickly build reliable, real-time applications at scale, became generally available about 18 months ago. To date, over two million Firestore databases have been created, and a recent study revealed that Firestore had the most satisfied developers compared to any other cloud on the database market. Google Cloud is introducing new Cloud Firestore tools and features, including:

  • Key Visualizer: Provides better visibility into usage and performance (coming soon)
  • A richer query language
  • Firestore Unity SDK: Makes it easy for game developers to adopt Firestore

Cloud Bigtable

Google Cloud is also expanding the enterprise capabilities of Cloud Bigtable while also making it easier to get started in production. This includes:

  • Managed backups: Offering protection against operator error and application-corruption scenarios without the management overhead (now generally available)
  • Table-level identity management
  • Admin activity audit logs
  • Expanded support and SLA for single-node production instances 

Cloud SQL 

Google Cloud has also made updates to Cloud SQL to better meet the needs of the enterprise. Updates include: 

  • Committed Use Discounts: As your use cases and database environment evolve, your needs may shift. To help throughout your journey, Google Cloud has launched committed use discounts that provide financial governance without the manual overhead. Committed use discounts are fully transferable between MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQL Server, and machine sizes so you can maximize your utilization as your resourcing needs change. 
  • Support for core security controls
  • More control over maintenance
  • Managed cross-region replicas 


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